At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »
At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen by McGurk and Sperry, a couple of thugs. They disguise themselves as McGurk and Sperry to get off the ship. Meanwhile, Sal Van Hoyden is in Alaska to try and recover the map; it had been her father's. She falls in with Ace Larson, who wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke and Chester, McGurk and Sperry, Ace and his henchmen, and Sal, chase each other all over the countryside, trying to get the map. Written by
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Writers Panama and Frank were having trouble getting the script approved by the 3 main stars, all of whom were prestigious in their own right and wanted the most screen presence. When these group script negotiations broke down, Panama and Frank held individual conferences with each of the stars, explaining how the script would highlight that star (the one being met with at the time) more than the others. This approach worked, and the script was finally approved for filming. See more »
This mid-1940's comedy/musical has lost some of it's sparkle
How does this zany mid-1940's comedy/musical rate in the year 2003? I'm going to venture a guess and suggest that it probably doesn't rate as high with viewers as it may have when it was originally released. Some of the gags and one-liners seem to be about pop-culture that is obscure in the new millenium. I had a strong sense that parts of the movie were originally funny but that the humor is lost on viewers who were not alive in the 1940's.
Notwithstanding, there are some very funny bits and one-liners in this film. Here and there throughout the film, the comedy clicked and I found myself laughing out loud. On the other hand, I have watched the film twice and both times that I watched it, I was growing tired of the endless one-liners to the point that they were becoming annoying. This film definitely seems to lose quite a bit of its comic sparkle by the end, and the ending is truly idiotic.
On the other hand, I did truly enjoy several of the songs in this movie. Two that stand out are Bing Crosby singing "Welcome to My Dream" and Dorothy Lamour singing "Personality". Unfortunately, some of the good songs, especially "Welcome To My Dream" seem a bit out of place in this zany movie!
Hillary Brooke, a fine 1940's actress who appeared in a couple of Sherlock Holmes movies is totally wasted in this comedy. She looks as though she is sleepwalking through her part. Her on-screen performance comes across as if she doesn't want to be participating in this move. She is far more competent as an actress than this movie would lead you to believe.
This movie is not for all tastes. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby fans may enjoy it, but time has not been kind to this movie. I give it a 7 out of 10 points.
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